California Adventure

Film, Acting, Screenplay Writing, Photography, Studio Art, Social Media, Journalism, College Visits, Beach Sports and more!
Adventure , College Admissions & Test Prep , Pre-College Programs
Santa Barbara, CA
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Santa Barbara, CA

Option 1:
July 5 - July 26
Option 2:
July 5 - July 19
San Francisco (optional extension)
July 26 - July 30
Student Residence

Los Angeles, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

UCLA, University of South California, Pepperdine, Stanford, Berkeley and more! (subject to availability)

Grades 9-12

Film, Acting, Screenplay Writing


Creative Arts

Social Media and Journalism

College Admissions



Opt 1: 3 weeks
Opt 2: 2 weeks
Optional extension to San Francisco
+$985 +$885

Do you have a dream to become a filmmaker, actor, or a screenwriter? What better place to make your first short film than in the capital of the world entertainment industry, with experienced, inspirational instructors to guide you on your journey.

Are you looking to hone your skills in creative arts, social media or photography? Or would you like to work on that winning admissions essay and find the perfect college for you? Our instructors and staff will assist you every step of the way, helping you perfect your talents, acquire essential skills, become more confident and independent during this life-changing summer experience.

No-Stress Travel Guarantee

Whether you missed your connecting flight, lost your luggage or encountered any other problem, rest easy knowing that our staff and travel agents will help you with all necessary arrangements, help you re-book your flights, find a hotel room and cover all necessary expenses, such as meals, clothes, personal items, and more.

<p><strong>San Francisco</strong></p>

San Francisco

Visit the Fisherman’s Wharf, Peer 39 and Ghirardelli Square, discover the Lombard Street and Union Square during a cable car trip, visit San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Art Center, enjoy a bicycle tour of the Golden Gate Bridge and Presidio, a boat trip to Alcatraz, and much more!

If you were there...

  • Morning
    Morning Class
  • Morning
    Acting Workshop
  • Afternoon
    Picnic at a Park
  • Afternoon
    College Tour
  • Afternoon
    Beach Time
  • Evening
    Group Dinner
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Jolie Blair

While there are thousands of packing lists for your trip abroad, many fail to mention the essentials for your travels (besides a passport and cellphone, of course). But don’t worry, we at Abbey Road Programs have your back. Continue reading for the top 4 secretive essentials to pack for your next trip abroad. 1. Snacks from home When studying in Italy, my parents asked if they could bring me anything when they came to visit. Without hesitation, I gave them a laundry list of snacks including peanut butter, granola bars, and gum. ...

  • Program Highlights

    Enjoy the best of California, its breathtaking natural beauty and world-famous sites, from Los Angeles to Monterey and San Francisco; study in a fun, experiential way while making life-long friends; live in an elegant, laid back beach town of Santa Barbara; go on day trips to Los Angeles, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Pismo Beach and enjoy your own California dream!

    Write, direct or act in your first short film; perfect your photography, social media or journalism skills; work on your admissions essay and visit California’s best colleges; bond with new friends; enjoy surfing, sailing and other sports, and prepare for your college years!

    Live in a modern, air-conditioned, centrally located student residence in the heart of Santa Barbara, with easy access to its popular beaches, downtown shopping and art venues.

    Go on an optional travel extension to San Francisco and the Bay Area, including visits to Stanford, UC Berkeley and Sausalito.

  • Residential Life

    Living in a student residence, learning to be independent and self-reliant is a valuable experience that will serve you well in your college years. Our staff members will live in the same building with you and make sure your experience is safe and comfortable. They will help you plan your household chores, organize your schedule, get along with your roommates, and assist with any other needs.

    After classes and afternoon activities, you will enjoy group meals at various local venues and have the freedom to explore the beautiful neighborhoods of Santa Barbara with your friends, within the designated areas, while respecting our safety guidelines and remaining in contact with our staff.

  • Evening and Weekend Activities

    Santa Barbara and Los Angeles are the poster images of the United States, instantly recognizable by TV and film audiences around the world, inspiring millions of visitors to experience the beauty and glamor of Southern California. Santa Barbara’s rolling vineyards and palm trees, the wild beaches and “surfer towns” of the California coastline will make you appreciate its laid-back and classy lifestyle. The world capital of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles will dazzle you with the stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the canals of Venice Beach and the glitzy boutiques of Rodeo drive, reminding you of a famous movie classic. The Getty Center, LACMA and other museums and art galleries at every step will let you experience the “vibe” of this city of artists, both real and aspiring.

    Past favorites have included:

    • Beach volleyball at Hendrys Beach
    • Movie night at Fiesta Five Movie Theater
    • Surfing lesson at Leadbetter Beach
    • Group dinner and shopping at State Street
    • Visit of Old Mission Santa Barbara
    • Excursion to the Santa Barbara Zoo
    • Outdoor film workshop with the student crew and staff
    • Kayaking in Santa Barbara Harbor
    • Day trip to Solveng and Los Olivos
    • College night with students and staff
    • Downtown scavenger hunt
    • Excursion to the Getty Center in Los Angeles
    • Hollywood Walk of Fame and Dolby Theater
    • Visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    • Free time at the Santa Monica Pier and the Promenade
    • Bicycle tour of Venice Beach
    • Visit to the Griffith Observatory
    • Free time in Beverly Hills and Rodeo drive

    San Francisco and the Bay Area (optional extension)

    • Visit to the Fisherman’s Wharf, Peer 39 and Ghirardelli Square
    • Dinner and free time in Little Italy and China town
    • Cable car trip to Lombard Street and Union Square
    • Visit to SF Moma and Yerba Buena Art Center
    • Bicycle tour of the Golden Gate Bridge and Presidio
    • Boat trip to Alcatraz
    • Sausalito and Marine County
    • Excursion to Stanford University and Palo Alto

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